COMMERCIAL BEER REVIEWS
by Kendall Staggs
Here are some brief reviews of some of our local winter specialty beers.
Powder Hound Winter Ale (Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, MT)
Deep copper color, huge beige head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Moderately
sweet malt flavor. Just enough hop bitterness at the end. Rich,
full-bodied, satisfying. Excellent.
Winter Fish Seasonal Ale (Fish Brewing, Olympia, WA)
Pale golden color. Hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavor. Lots of hop
bitterness. Did I say it was hoppy?
BETO'S BEER ADVENTURES
by Beto Zuniga
Jolly Roger Taproom, Seattle
This is the hospitality room for Maritime Pacific. Located in the
industry section of Ballard, it has a rough look from the outside. Once
inside the look is much more comfortable. Having a nautical / pirate
motif the room is small but full with regulars. The food is "small"
pubgrub. It has small, appetizer-size sandwiches but they are very
tasty. The flagship beer is called, remarkably, Flagship Red Ale. Other
beers include Clipper Gold Wheat Ale, Fire Gold Golden Ale (Kölsch
style), Islander Pale Ale, Nightwatch Dark Ale, Salmon Bay Bitter, and
the seasonal Jolly Roger, a Strong Ale.
Bad News in Texas
This holiday season I took a trip to my old stomping grounds, Tejas. I
saw a lot of brew establishment closures have occured in the Houston /
Galveston area. This is bad news for the real beer enthusiasts. Here is
a list of brewpubs that had homebrewer ties, mainly Foamrangers, that
have been lost: the Village Brewery (Houston's first), the Houston
Brewery (Houston's second), and the Bank Draft Brewery (my old hangout
along with the Gingerman), the Galveston Brewery (Galveston's second).
Others that have closed are Hofbräu, Bay Brewery, Market Square Brewpub,
Huey's, the Mercantile, the Rock Bottom-all in Houston-and the Strand
Brewery in Galveston. I believe Bradley's, a popular site for the
Foamrangers, is still open and one new place has opened in the village
called Two Rooms. Another bit of bad news (if old news) from Austin is
that Miller has closed down the Celis Brewery, the authentic Belgium
brewery started by Pierre Celis who resurrected the Witbier style when
he was with Hoegaarden (I guess when you make a deal with the devil look
to get burned). One bit of good news is Houston's first and only true
microbrewery, St. Arnold's, had its best year in 2001. It has developed
quite a following, the St. Arnold's Army. Brock, the main man at St.
Arnold's, has always been a great supporter of homebrewers, who are the
brewery's best customers.
BREWER HOPES TO GIVE LIQUOR MORE BITE
from Dianna Fisher
January 11, 2002, Seoul
A South Korean brewer has come up with an alternative way for people to
enjoy their favorite tipple: "chewable liquor." Kooksoondang Brewery
Company said Friday it had developed a gelatin form of its popular
Paeksaejoo rice wine, a mild version of South Korea's fiery soju liquor.
"We were looking for new ways to consume traditional liquor," a company
spokesman said. "But so far, we don't have concrete plans to market the
product and consumer surveys are under study," he said. South Korea and
Japan are co-hosting this year's soccer World Cup in May. The company
said it planned to take a decision on the new product before the end of
BEER DRINKERS' GROUP IN A FROTH OVER SKIMPY PINTS
January 24, 2002, London
British beer drinkers are being shortchanged on their favorite tipple
with nine out of 10 pints falling short of the mark, a consumer rights
group said on Thursday. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) said its
latest research gathered from pubs and regional Trading Standards
authorities showed that 90 percent of pints poured fell short of being
100 percent liquid with a quarter falling short of the industry
guidelines of 95 percent. "Our research shows clearly that short
measure is on the increase and there is a need for government action to
stop drinkers being ripped off," said CAMRA spokesman Mike Benner.
But breweries and pubs shrugged off CAMRA's complaint and said drinkers
expected to see a decent head on their pint. "The head on a pint of
beer is like the froth on a cappuccino-part and parcel of what customers
expect to see and be served," said Mark Hastings, spokesman for the
British Beer and Pub Association. "There is one complaint for every 256
million pints poured which I think shows how low profile this issue
THIRSTY TOWN HOPES FOR FRIESINGER GOLD
from Dianna Fisher
January 17, 2002, Munich
The 4130 inhabitants of the small Bavarian town of Inzell are building
up a thirst. The reason? Local speedskater Anni Friesinger has promised
to throw a three-day party with free beer for everyone if she wins gold
at the Salt Lake City Winter Games. It could be a costly party.
Friesinger, 25, is one of the hot favorites for at least three gold
medals. She has won all of her 1500-meters and 3000 / 5000m World Cup
races this season.
Such is the German's dominance that she won the 1500m in the latest
event at Heerenveen in the Netherlands by almost two seconds over her
closest rival, Jennifer Rodriguez of the United States, and the 3000m
over the Netherlands' Renate Groenewold by almost four seconds. "Anni is
pretty much unstoppable," Rodriguez said. "It's Anni, and then on any
given day, someone else."
MONKS CRY FOWL OVER RISK TO BEER WATER
from Dianna Fisher
January 29, 2002, Brussels
A monastery that has brewed one of Belgium's most famous beers for the
past 400 years is worried that the spring water used in its ales is in
danger of being polluted by droppings from a nearby poultry farm. Monks
at Saint-Remy monastery in Rochefort, southern Belgium, which produces
the red, white, and green capped Rochefort beers, have asked Liege
University to study the permeability of the land around the monastery.
The monks are concerned that plans to expand the poultry farm will lead
to extra droppings that will pollute the precious spring water. Records
show that the monastery had a brewery as far back as 1595, when barley
and hops were grown in the grounds. But as every beer lover knows, the
secret is in the purity of the water.
"We're afraid the quality of the water will change," said a spokesman
for the 16 monks who continue to brew the famous Rochefort trappist
beers. Since plans for the bigger poultry farm were drawn up, the
council has received about 100 complaints from local residents concerned
about possible damage to the environment.
FRED HUBER DIES
from the Chicago Beer History Page
Fred Huber of the Huber Brewing Company passed away on January 7 in
Chicago. Frederick William Huber, age 70, joined his father at the
Joseph Huber Brewing Company of Monroe, Wisconsin, expanding the
business from a local brewery to a regional brewery, marketing its
brands in more than 30 states. He developed the Augsburger brand, and
later, Fred and his son developed the Berghoff brand. He was also
involved in the Peter Hand Brewing Company, located at the old Meister
BrŠu brewery site, marketing beer under the Old Chicago label, the last
brewery remaining in Chicago until the "Micro" resurgence.